Beautiful and unique, these sturdy cotton canvas bags are hand embroidered with satin ribbon in modern flower patterns. Each pattern panel is hand-embroidered and then sewn into these fun and functional bags by women artisans at El Ranacer.
- 100% cotton
- Central zippered compartment
- 13" square (33 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from El Salvador
Made by: El Renacer Chalateco
El Renacer Chalateco is composed of six workshops in La Palma and Chalatenango. It collectively employs a pool of over 250 artisans that produce a wide variety of crafts, including embroidered clothing, jewelry, hammocks, bags, and wooden crafts. Acoproarte was created in 1995 after the peace accords were signed and markets were reopened. Artisans felt the need to open a store and work together so they could showcase all of their techniques as a group.
Their embroidery and weaving techniques come from their Mayan ancestors; the hand painting comes from the art movement founded in La Palma by Fernando Llort. Around the 1970’s Fernando discovered that a small seed had a white surface with a brown frame and he painted it with small colorful drawings. There, Fernando would start teaching the people from the town to draw and paint; an artisan movement was born, and La Palma went from being a mainly agricultural town, to one driven by art.
From there the town of La Palma became a tourist spot in El Salvador where tourists can admire the Llort style of painting throughout the town on walls, churches, fences as well as the different shops where arts and crafts are sold. Through their crafts, the women have helped provide health care, education and basic food for their families. They have been able to travel outside the country to share their art with the rest of the world.